• Wanna Grab a (Free) Slice of Ascend? Image

    articleJul 15, 2015 | 1 min. read

    Wanna Grab a (Free) Slice of Ascend?

    Wanna Grab a (Free) Slice of Ascend? Ascend 2015 is right around the corner, and we know you’re eager to get to Chi-Town, enjoy a slice of deep-dish pizza, and learn tips from some of the best rehab professionals in the biz. Unfortunately, conferences can cost a pretty penny , which is why we’re treating one lucky winner to the ultimate VIP Ascend package. What do you get if you win? Well, on top of receiving two …

  • ICD-10 Breaking News: AMA Secures ICD-10 Grace Period Image

    articleJul 6, 2015 | 2 min. read

    ICD-10 Breaking News: AMA Secures ICD-10 Grace Period

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today several changes to the plan for ICD-10 implementation in the US. The changes come as a result of the American Medical Association’s (AMA)  hard push for a grace period . AMA President Steven J. Stack, MD, explained the adjustments in a post published today on  AMA Viewpoints . We’ve reviewed this post, and here’s what we’ve learned: During the first year of the ICD-10 transition, CMS will …

  • This Week in PT News, June 26 Image

    articleJun 26, 2015 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, June 26

    Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy Act Passes Senate Committee The US Senate Finance Committee has approved the Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy Act (S. 313), a piece of legislation proposing extended "locum tenens" provisions for physical therapists in rural and underserved areas. According to  this PT in Motion article , the bill would “allow a PT to bring in another licensed physical therapist to treat Medicare patients and bill Medicare through the practice provider number during temporary …

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    articleJun 19, 2015 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, June 19

    Arthroscopic Knee Surgery Shows No Long-term Benefit Every year in the US alone, surgeons perform more than 700,000 knee arthroscopies—a procedure meant to relieve pain associated with a meniscal tear. However, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published online in the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), this common surgery could be causing far more harm than good. Based on their analysis, researchers concluded that discontinuing arthroscopic surgery could prevent deep vein thrombosis and save numerous …

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    articleJun 12, 2015 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, June 12

    New Study Reveals Why Some Indigenous Cultures Don’t Experience Back Pain According to NPR, California acupuncturist Esther Gokhale recently conducted an investigation into the factors that might explain why some indigenous cultures don’t experience low back pain. Like 75% of Americans, Gokhale has experienced back pain, and she wasn’t convinced Western medicine could cure her ailment. So, she spent ten years visiting and studying populations that report having little to no back pain. She noticed that while …

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    articleJun 5, 2015 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, June 5

    Depression May Lead to Low Back Pain Multiple studies now show that patients who suffer from depression are at an increased risk of developing lower back pain. Researchers analyzed a pool of data from 19 different studies, ultimately determining that symptoms of depression increased the risk of developing low back pain by around 60%. They cited multiple factors that could account for the link, including age, biological characteristics, lifestyle, and genetics. To find out more about the …

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    articleMay 29, 2015 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, May 29

    Oral Steroids May Not Effectively Treat Sciatica Back Pain Researchers have discovered that prednisone, a drug commonly used to treat acute sciatica, is almost completely ineffective in reducing symptoms associated with sciatica back pain. In a randomized trial , 267 patients with herniated disks underwent a 15-day course of either Prednisone or a placebo pill. After three weeks, both groups reported experiencing less pain associated with their condition, with no difference between the participants who received the …

  • This Week in PT News, May 22 Image

    articleMay 22, 2015 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, May 22

    Men Less Likely to Get Osteoporosis Screenings A new study has revealed that men are less likely than women to undergo screenings for osteoporosis, leaving millions of American men at-risk and untested. Of the more than 10 million Americans who have osteoporosis, up to 2 million of those are men. Moreover, men make up 8 to 13 million of the 43 million Americans who have low bone density, which often is a precursor to osteoporosis. During the …

  • This Week in PT News, May 15 Image

    articleMay 15, 2015 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, May 15

    Young ACL Surgery Patients Often Need Second Operation A new study from Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) reveals that patients who undergo ACL surgery before the age of 21 are more likely to have another knee surgery later on in life. Researchers found that “...8% of patients with a primary ACL reconstruction had another ACL surgery, and 14% had non-ACL knee surgery at a later date.” Shockingly, the average median time lapse between the two surgeries is …

  • This Week in PT News, May 8 Image

    articleMay 8, 2015 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News, May 8

    Daily Exercise and Education Reduce Episodes of Low Back Pain in Children A new study published in the Physical Therapy Journal (PTJ) revealed that regular exercise programs reduce low back pain episodes in children between the ages of 8 and 11. Over the course of the study, researchers noted that children who received instruction about spine health and incorporated spine exercises into their daily routines experienced fewer low back pain episodes than those who only received education. …

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    articleMay 1, 2015 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, May 1

    New Study Questions Safety of Whole-Body Vibration Platforms Western University just released a study showing that whole-body vibration platforms—which are typically used to treat various musculoskeletal disorders—may cause damage to joint tissues. Researchers noted significant damage to subjects’ knee joints and spines after four weeks of undergoing whole-body vibration. While study leaders say there’s still a need for additional research on the subject, they advise that all rehabilitation practitioners take extreme caution when prescribing whole-body vibration. Study: …

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    articleApr 24, 2015 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, April 24

    Texas Bill Could Move PTs Closer to Total Direct Access A new bill in Texas could eliminate the need for a patient to obtain a doctor’s referral prior to receiving physical therapy services. House Bill 1263—which just passed the public health committee this week—gives physical therapists the green light to provide treatment for 45 days (or 20 visits) without a physician’s diagnosis. If enacted, this law would be great news for PTs in Texas. However, many professional …

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